NewsNet 29 Oct 2020

U.S. Economy Breaks Growth Record in Q3 Despite Pandemic


Great news for our nation's economy - a new GDP report shows record breaking growth for our nation's economy. This past quarter, the Commerce Department reports our economy grew at a record 33.1% annual rate, a new record.

Georgia Sen. David Perdue touted his record in a new political ad amid the state runoff Senate races.
The latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic:
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has again declared victory over the coronavirus. She said restrictions in Auckland would be lifted after no new cases were confirmed for ten days. New Zealand appeared to stamp out the virus in May, but a new outbreak hit Auckland in August.

Iceland has introduced new restrictions following a spike in coronavirus infections. The latest wave of infections is thought to be much higher than earlier this year. Bars, clubs and gyms all have to close, and gatherings of more than 20 people are now banned.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen says she is self-isolating until Tuesday after she attended a meeting with somone who tested positive for coronavirus. She said she tested negative last Thursday but would be testing again today. We'll have more details as they comes in.

The World Health Organization is calling Italy an example of best practice in dealing with the coronavirus. Watchdogs are praising both government policies and citizen discipline. DW's Georg Matthes went to Milan to see the people there are faring.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is seeking to close all non-essential businesses and schools in nine neighborhoods that have been identified as virus clusters. Up to five-hundred-thousand people could be affected by the proposed shutdown.

The French capital Paris is being placed on maximum alert for two weeks to curb a new rise in infections. Bars will remain closed and restaurants will have to implement stricter sanitary protocols. The new measures take effect on Tuesday.

In the Phillipines, some 25 million students have begun classes at home. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered schools to remain shut until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.
The 2020 Reykjavík Global Forum - Women Leaders held a panel on the importance of women's leadership in shaping the pandemic response as well as the specific areas for action that governments and the private sector can take, with a focus on childcare. Participants include: Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and executive director of UN Global Compact; K.K. Shailaja Teacher, Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Kerala State, India. The panel is moderated by Nancy Kacungira.
Genzebe Dibaba breaks the 1500m world record at Monaco's 2015 Diamond League event, beating a 22 year old mark and setting one that still stands today

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